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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 8 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Waiver Wire RBs for Week 8 in Fantasy Football

October 22, 2013

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With all the injuries happening over the weekend--not to mention the impending bye round in NFL Week 8--the fantasy waiver wire will be a busy place over the next few days. That said, let’s take a look at the trending RB names out there who are making waves. We’ll examine each player and see if we can determine who’s worth adding to your roster this week.

Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: With No. 1 RB Doug Martin going down due to a shoulder injury, James got a chance to shine in Week 7 against the Falcons. He posted 14 carries for 45 yards and added another eight on three receptions.
Here’s the situation: the Buccaneers have a quick turnaround this week; they’ll take the field on Thursday night against the Panthers. Multiple outlets are reporting that Martin has a torn labrum and will likely be out for the season. That gives James immediate fantasy value, so make sure you grab him--especially if you’re a Martin owner.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 8 Waiver Wire Running Backs

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Roy Helu, Washington Redskins: Admittedly, we--and pretty much everyone else--didn’t see this coming. Helu posted 11 carries for 41 yards and a jaw-dropping three touchdowns against the Bears. Meanwhile, No. 1 RB Alfred Morris didn’t get into the end zone--but did manage 95 yards on 19 carries.
Whether the TD-vulturing was a fluke or a continuing trend remains to be seen. Mike Shanahan offensive setups are notoriously difficult to predict on a week-to-week basis. That said, Helu is worth picking up in mid-to-deep-sized leagues as a potential goal-line back who could score with some regularity.

Chris Ivory, New York Jets: In another strange RB trend from Week 7, Ivory got an enormous workload in the Jets’ surprising victory over the Patriots. The carry split wasn’t even close: supposed No. 1 Bilal Powell got three carries for six yards, while Ivory collected 104 yards on 34 carries. Powell came into this one a little banged up, but that still doesn’t explain the disparity. It’s also worth mentioning that the New England defensive front has been obliterated by key injuries.
In any case, Ivory and the gang will get a tough Week 8 matchup in Cincinnati. He’ll probably see a fair amount of touches, but we wouldn’t call him much more than a lower-end flex in fantasy.

Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons: With Steven Jackson out, Rodgers and fellow RB Jason Snelling got the fantasy consideration for Atlanta. The Falcons responded with a nice offensive effort, and Rodgers got the best of it. He managed 16 rush yards on eight carries, but really made a dent in the passing game, with eight receptions for 46 yards and two scores.
If you can still get Rodgers in your league, he’s worth a look--especially if Jackson continues to be sidelined. With all the injuries to the Falcons receiving corps, he should remain a strong presence on passing downs.

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